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June 20, 2021

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Orem,UT,United States

Member Since:

Jan 27, 1986



Goal Type:

Olympic Trials Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

Best marathon: 2:23:57 (2007, St. George). Won the Top of Utah Marathon twice (2003,2004). Won the USATF LDR circuit in Utah in 2006.

Draper Days 5 K 15:37 (2004)

Did not know this until June 2012, but it turned out that I've been running with spina bifida occulta in L-4 vertebra my entire life, which explains the odd looking form, struggles with the top end speed, and the poor running economy (cannot break 16:00 in 5 K without pushing the VO2 max past 75).  


Short-Term Running Goals:

Qualify for the US Olympic Trials. With the standard of 2:19 on courses with the elevation drop not exceeding 450 feet this is impossible unless I find an uncanny way to compensate for the L-4 defect with my muscles. But I believe in miracles.

Long-Term Running Goals:

2:08 in the marathon. Become a world-class marathoner. This is impossible unless I find a way to fill the hole in L-4 and make it act healthy either by growing the bone or by inserting something artificial that is as good as the bone without breaking anything important around it. Science does not know how to do that yet, so it will take a miracle. But I believe in miracles.


I was born in 1973. Grew up in Moscow, Russia. Started running in 1984 and so far have never missed more than 3 consecutive days. Joined the LDS Church in 1992, and came to Provo, Utah in 1993 to attend BYU. Served an LDS mission from 1994-96 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Got married soon after I got back. My wife Sarah and I are parents of eleven children: Benjamin, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, Matthew,  Mary,  Bella.  and Leigha. We home school our children.

I am a software engineer/computer programmer/hacker whatever you want to call it, and I am currently working for RedX. Aside from the Fast Running Blog, I have another project to create a device that is a good friend for a fast runner. I called it Fast Running Friend.

Favorite Quote:

...if we are to have faith like Enoch and Elijah we must believe what they believed, know what they knew, and live as they lived.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie


Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 208.73 Year: 1853.01
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Brown Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 2191.97
Brown Crocs 4 Lifetime Miles: 714.43
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-05-11 09:25:50
Workout Totals: Distance12.774Time1:40:54.30Pace7:53.95
Today we did an interesting race. Stephen ran 570 meters, William 700, Joseph and Jacob 800. All started at the same time. I paced Stephen. It was quite dramatic. Joseph ran 2:36.6 (2:36.3 on his watch, either way new PR), Jacob 2:37.7 (also new PR, first time under 2:40), Stephen 2:39.6. William stopped with about 50 meters to go when he saw that Stephen already finished and threw a fit. I would not let him get away with this type of behavior, and gave him a choice - a quarter in 90 seconds, an all out 800, or go home and get no stars or fruit snacks. He was not happy to be constrained this way, but he eventually chose the 800, which he ran in 3:17.4 - 5 seconds slower than his track PR. His first 200 was good - 45 seconds, the rest was obviously not. But I gave him 5 stars for the effort anyway. Joseph got 10, Jacob 8, Stephen 6 plus record bonuses from Amazon. Stephen earned the PR bonus by running an all out 400 in 1:41.4 after the 570 meter run. This surprised me quite a bit - I did not realize he was that fast.

Otherwise it was a usual day for the younger kids, and they all did their target distances. Benjamin ran 8 miles tapering for the 5000 on Saturday.
Leg 1:Distance0.248Time2:31.80Pace10:12.10
With Matthew and the rest of the boy crew minus Benjamin on the track. Matthew did not hold the hand for most of it.
Leg 2:Distance0.160Time1:14.20Pace7:43.75
A bit more distance running around arranging the race.
Leg 3:Distance0.354Time2:39.60Pace7:30.85
Pacing Stephen.
Split 1:Distance0.348Time2:36.60Pace7:30.00
Joseph's split.
Split 2:Distance0.002Time0:01.10Pace9:10.00
Jacob's split.
Split 3:Distance0.004Time0:01.90Pace7:55.00
Stephen's split.
Split 4:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00
Leg 4:Distance0.248Time1:41.40Pace6:48.87
Stephen's 400 time trial.
Leg 5:Distance0.496Time3:17.40Pace6:37.98
William's 800 time trial.
Leg 6:Distance3.000Time25:37.70Pace8:32.57
More distance with Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 7:Distance8.268Time1:03:52.20Pace7:43.50
With Benjamin. Did a "fat" mile that ended up being a bit too fast for the purpose.
Split 1:Distance6.868Time54:56.50Pace7:59.98
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:42.30Pace5:42.30
Split 3:Distance0.400Time3:13.40Pace8:03.50

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 12.77
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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